POSTED: August 11th 2013

IAAF Opening Ceremony an inspiration for the Tokyo 2020 bid team

The Luzhniki Stadium hosted the '80 Games / Tokyo 2020
The Luzhniki Stadium hosted the '80 Games / Tokyo 2020

JOC Head Tsunekazu Takeda in front of the stadium / Tokyo 2020
JOC Head Tsunekazu Takeda in front of the stadium / Tokyo 2020

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(SFC) The Tokyo 2020 bid team who are hoping to bring the summer Games back to the ’64 host city were moved by the opening ceremony of the 14th IAAF World Championships held in Moscow.

IOC Member and President of the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) as well as the bid, Tsunekazu Takeda, said, “The Opening Ceremony here in Moscow was a grand event. I wish to congratulate the IAAF, under the strong leadership of President Lamine Diack and the local organising committee for their work.

“Should we receive the honour of hosting the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, we will host an Opening Ceremony where spectators and athletes will be truly united as one.”

“The Opening Ceremony is without a doubt one of the most memorable experiences, and we are working closely with the IOC to ensure the best possible environment for athletes. Specifically, athletes will be able to wait comfortably in the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium, the venue just next to the Olympic Stadium and connected through a corridor, allowing easy and safe access.“ Takeda said.

Takeda also emphasized the Tokyo plan that should they host the Games their opening ceremony would be coordinated in such a way that the athletes would come in and sit down first so they could enjoy the festivities.

Japan is especially passionate about athletics and a long-term partner of the IAAF. This relationship got off the ground when they hosted the 1991 IAAF World Championships in the Kasumigaoka National Stadium. Four of the seven World Championships’ official partners are also in Japanese companies .

In fact at the current World Championships, the official broadcaster and four of the seven official partners are Japanese companies.

Tokyo is bidding against Madrid and Istanbul to host the summer Games and the final vote will take place in 27 days at Buenos Aires at the IOC session.  

Keywords · IAAF World Championships · athletics · Tokyo 2020 · Olympic bidding

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